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Debra L. Martin

Department: Department of Anthropology
Office: WRI-A 124
Phone: 702-895-1881
Fax: 702-895-4823
Email: debra.martin@unlv.edu


Debra L. Martin is an expert in human osteology and bioarchaeology, which involves the analysis of skeletonized human remains from archaeological as well as historic and contemporary settings. She conducts research in the areas of nonlethal violence and inequality, gender differences and paleopathology, and the bioarchaeology of human experience with a focus on groups living in risky and challenging desert environments. She is on the editorial board of the journal Landscapes of Violence and is also the editor for Bioarchaeology and Social Theory series, Springer. She is co-editor of the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology and an associate editor for the Yearbook of Physical Anthropology. Her recent publications include co-editing Bioarchaeology of Violence (UPF) and Bioarchaeological and Forensic Perspectives on Violence (Cambridge) as well as co-authoring Bioarchaeology of Climate Change and Violence (Springer). 


Ph.D. : University of Massachusetts, 1983

Expert Areas

Biological anthropology, paleopathology (violence, trauma, diet, nutrition, disease), skeletal biology, bioarchaeology, health of women and children in agricultural communities, biocultural adaptation to culture change, bone density and bone disease in contemporary populations, arid environments and health (Mexico, American Southwest, Southwest Asia, Northern Africa)